verb be·lit·tle \bi-ˈli-təl, bē-\

: to describe (someone or something) as little or unimportant

be·lit·tledbe·lit·tling\-ˈli-təl-iŋ, -ˈlit-liŋ\

Full Definition of BELITTLE

transitive verb
:  to speak slightingly of :  disparage <belittles her efforts>
:  to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less <a curiosity so vast that it almost belittled the main matter — Mark Twain>
be·lit·tle·ment \-ˈli-təl-mənt\ noun
be·lit·tler \-ˈli-təl-ər, -ˈlit-lər\ noun

First Known Use of BELITTLE


Synonym Discussion of BELITTLE

decry, depreciate, disparage, belittle mean to express a low opinion of. decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit <decried their defeatist attitude>. depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed <critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental>. disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison <disparaged polo as a game for the rich>. belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude <belittled the achievements of others>.

Rhymes with BELITTLE

BELITTLE Defined for Kids


verb be·lit·tle \bi-ˈli-təl\

Definition of BELITTLE for Kids

:  to make (a person or a thing) seem small or unimportant <She belittled his efforts.>


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